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UNIX Systems Administrator
Are you a talented Unix Systems Administrator looking for the next step in your career? Check out PSS!

Preferred Systems Solutions, Inc. (PSS) is a recognized leader in providing Information Technology, Engineering Services, Program Management and Consulting Services. For over 20 years, PSS has enabled Government and Commercial clients to achieve their organizational initiatives through the application of high quality, innovative, and cost effective professional services and solutions. PSS provides a positive working environment, with opportunities for advancement in our growing local Federal sector workforce.

Across various customers, we support the following technologies:

CISCO, Juniper, Windows, Active Directory, Exchange, Remedy, Heat, Java, CSS, HTML, XML, Oracle, VMWare, Unix, Solaris, RedHat, PeopleSoft, SAP, Oracle, Deltek Costpoint, Deltek GCS, ADP, Microsoft Office Suite, Blackberry, Lotus Notes, CAD, Cognos, Cloud Development, PL/SQL, Visual Basic, CRM, HRMS, BASIS, FISMA, NIST, ASP.Net, IDS, HBSS, TCP/IP, Perl, JavaScript – and more.

If you are a Unix Systems Administrator and are seeking an established, mid-sized company to work for, consider a career at Preferred Systems Solutions! We offer numerous opportunities to expand your experience in various areas depending upon your aptitude and interests. Our employees are not only passionate and driven, but strive to ensure customer quality is delivered consistently and effectively. In addition to a working environment with opportunities for advancement, we offer the potential for following benefits based upon the position you are applying for (please inquire for full list of benefits):

  • Insurance (medical, dental, vision)
  • Paid leave (holiday, sick, vacation, etc.)
  • 401k plan (employer matching contribution)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Computer purchase programs
  • Potential for upgrade in clearance when possible
  • Flexible work hours

By joining PSS, you will have the unique opportunity to support various customers across multiple programs. Our excellent recruiting team will not only ensure that we find the best match for your skills, background and experience, but also ensure that we provide continuous employment through our Workforce Management Program.

Position Description

PSS, Inc. is actively seeking a Unix Systems Administrator to join our growing team located in Ashburn, VA.

Roles & Responsibilities
  • Hands on technical support related to the overall health and maintenance of the  operating system environments (Red Hat/Solaris) in support of 24/7 operations. 
  • Responsible for planning and supporting operating system changes required for the transition of new applications into the datacenter.
  • Provide initial standup of the datacenter server environment (Red Hat / Sun Solaris) with continued support into 24x7 operations
  • Perform remote monitoring of server/system health and status using provided tools (e.g., Satellite Server, Altiris, BMC, Dell Open Manage)
  • Ability to decompose complex problems to ensure timely and accurate resolution of system anomalies before they impact operations
  • Work with engineering and/or entity personnel to identify and troubleshoot operational and performance related issues
  • Participate in rotational pager duty to provide on-call support; including off-hours server administration and problem escalation
  • Plan and execute the installation and configuration of Linux/UNIX server operating environments within the datacenter (Red Hat / Sun Solaris)
  • Provide hands on technical support (Tier-2/3) related to the overall health and maintenance of the Linux/UNIX operating environments in support of 24/7 operations

Position Requirements
  • Active TS/SCI clearance
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Business or related field and 3 years experience; or 7 years related experience
  • 3+ years relevant experience in Linux/Red Hat administration
  • 6+ years experience in providing operations based support for large-scale system architectures
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills
  • Must have demonstrated Linux/UNIX Administrator’s responsibilities to include the following activities:
    • Linux/UNIX systems administration experience in a multi-server environment using Red Hat and/or Sun Solaris
    • Understanding of fundamental networking/distributed computing environment concepts
    • Experience with various networking protocols, TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, NIS/NIS+, LDAP and NFS
    • Performing user account management, to include add/delete and access control
    • Problem solving and troubleshooting skills; ability to work with personnel from multiple engineering disciplines to troubleshoot complex system-level problems
    • Understanding of virtualization technologies (physical vs. logical servers)
    • Development of scripts (shell/PERL)

Clearance Requirements

Active TS/SCI (Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Accordingly, US Citizenship is required.)

PSS is committed to the diversity we bring to the marketplace by being an EEOC/AA employer who is committed to hiring a diverse team of professionals to provide world class services and products aimed at exceeding our customer’s expectations. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability. PSS is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
Position Information
  • Company:
  • Location:
    Vienna, VA 22182
  • Status:
    Full Time
  • Job Category:
  • Occupations:
    Systems/Process Engineering
  • Industry:
    Computer/IT Services
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